A sore left knee kept Davis from playing in the second half of Friday's loss to the Portland Trail Blazers, and Gentry revealed Saturday that Davis also has been dealing with a shoulder injury. Davis will undergo surgery, Gentry said, but didn't specify for which injury.
His exit after 61 games played this season puts his chances of being voted onto one of three end-of-season All-NBA teams -- and thus earning an estimated $24 million extra for the maximum extension he signed with the Pelicans last offseason -- in jeopardy.
The 23-year-old is now the fifth New Orleans player -- and fourth projected opening-day starter -- sidelined for the rest of the season. Quincy Pondexter (left knee) will miss every game in 2015-16, and Tyreke Evans (right knee), Eric Gordon (right ring finger) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (right wrist) have been shut down as well. Ryan Anderson will also miss his third game of the season with a groin strain and Norris Cole (lower back) will miss his seventh straight game when the Pelicans host the Clippers on Sunday.
Pelicans players have missed a combined 229 games because of injuries this season, and 235 including illnesses and personal absences. Their 33 starting lineup combinations are the most in the NBA.
Davis finishes the season with an average of 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game. His 25.25 player efficiency rating currently ranks seventh in the NBA, and his real plus-minus of plus-2.74 ranks 36th.
The 2012 No. 1 overall pick has also missed 14 games or more in each of his three previous seasons.